International Lecture Series 6: Venice Previews

10 May 2018 | 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Kensington, Lecture Theatre 1

Free, but reservation via Eventbrite is required

Three leading curators, Marina Otero Verzier, Nora Akawi and Alejandra Celadon, will discuss their projects for the upcoming Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 and the role of exhibition in contemporary practice.

Marina Otero Verzier is an architect based in Rotterdam. She is Director of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut, and curator of Work, Body, Leisure, the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th Venice International Architecture Biennale. With the After Belonging Agency, Marina was Chief Curator of the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016. Previously, she was based in New York, where she was Director of Global Network Programming at Studio-X, Columbia University.

Alejandra Celedón is a researcher and Assistant Professor at P. Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC). She is an architect from Universidad de Chile, holds a Master from The Bartlett, and a PhD from the AA. Since 2016 she teaches and conducts research at PUC (Conicyt 2016-2018) on geopolitical, territorial and architectural strategies undertaken during the eighties in Santiago regarding the domestic.

Nora Akawi is an architect, curator, and researcher working in New York and Amman. She joined Columbia University’s GSAPP in 2012 as director of Studio-X Amman. She completed her professional degree in architecture in Jerusalem (B.Arch 2009). In 2011, she received her MS in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture from Columbia University’s GSAPP, where she received the CCCP Thesis Award.

The International Lecture Series is a series of lectures organised by the School of Architecture.  For any queries, please contact Verity Slade for more information.


  • Marina Otero Vezier

  • Nora Akawi

  • Alejandra Celedón